The state of Alabama on Thursday executed Nathaniel Woods—who was pronounced dead at 9:01pm local time—after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay of execution that was later lifted and Republican Gov. Kay Ivey declined to exercise her powers of commutation or reprieve despite widespread public outcry, doubts about Woods‘ guilt, and concerns about the legal proceedings that led to his death sentence.
The controversial execution of Nathaniel Woods was carried out late Thursday in Alabama just minutes after the Supreme Court denied a temporary stay, issued only hours earlier.
Woods was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. local time, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Civil rights groups and the son of Martin Luther King Jr. are calling on Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey to halt the execution of 44-year-old Nathaniel Woods, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday evening despite serious questions about his guilt and serious concerns about the legal process that led to his sentence.
Alabama was set to execute an inmate Thursday evening for the 2004 slayings of three police officers shot by another man at a suspected crack house. The U.S. Supreme Court halted plans at least temporarily to review his appeal.
Prosecutor said that on June 17, 2004, Birmingham police officers were in the process of arresting Woods at an apartment where he was dealing drugs with Spencer, the state attorney general’s office said in a statement after the US Supreme Court turned down Woods‘ appeal last year.
Spencer opened fire, killing three of the officers and wounding a fourth, according to prosecutors.
In 2005, Woods was convicted of capital murder and attempted murder, and was sentenced to death.
Nathaniel Woods is going to be executed on March 5th, for a crime he did not commit. He was wrongly charged and wrongly convicted, and may soon be wrongly executed.
This injustice is unacceptable. We need to fight together to save Nate Woods. Will you send a letter to Kay Ivey, the Governor of Alabama, and her colleagues telling them to grant a reprieve for Nate Woods?